Levelling Up Fund Bid

The DfT, Network Rail (NwR), Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are working together on a project to secure passenger services at the Cowley Branch Line, Oxford (CBL), currently used for freight services for BMW MINI.

The proposal includes the provision of two new stations at Oxford South (for Oxford Science Park) and Oxford East (for Oxford Business Park), adjacent to the City's most deprived wards. The Single Option design and Outline Business Case have concluded. Now £4.5m Levelling Up Funding has been sought, and is required, to deliver the Full Business Case and local connectivity requirements in order to commission the service by December 2026.